the Nebraska State Quilt Guild's annual convention

Raffle Quilt

Scarlet Sampler:

NSQG 2017 Raffle Quilt

“Scarlet Sampler” was revealed as the 2017 NSQG raffle quilt during QuiltNebraska in Lincoln on July 30. The quilt pays tribute to Nebraska’s 150th statehood celebration by recognizing the state’s history and heritage.

There are 149 assorted blocks on the quilt front. Many are representative of Nebraska people, places and events. Nebraska authors Mari Sandoz, Willa Cather and Bess Streeter Aldrich are recognized, as well as landmarks such as Chimney Rock and the Nebraska Sandhills. A number of blocks pay tribute to agriculture. The foundations of faith and patriotism are clearly represented.

A few blocks are original designs. Several were taken from Jan Stehlik’s Sod House Treasures and other Nebraska Quilt Patterns, published in 1984. There is even a small, stylized red “N” tucked surreptitiously into the quilt.

The quilt back features a large Nebraska Windmill as the 150th block. E. S. "Bud" Dunklau designed the block for the Lincoln Quilters' Guild's Nebraska Block Contest in 1977. It earned first prize and became the official Nebraska state quilt block by virtue of a legislative resolution.

Scarlet Sampler was designed and made by Diane Harris, Keri Wheeler, Debra Bauerle, Jan Wilson and Glenda Herz. It was quilted by Kris Vierra. The group sincerely hopes that the people—and the quilters—of Nebraska will love this quilt as much as they do.

The quilt will be displayed at many events until it is awarded to one lucky winner during QuiltNebraska 2017. More details of the quilt’s story are at scarletsampler.blogspot.com.

Submitted by Diane Harris